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One Enchanted Evening by Lynn Kurland

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Cover art: One Enchanted Evening Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: One Enchanted Evening - De Piaget series
Author: Lynn Kurland
Publisher: Jove
ISBN-13: 978-0-515-14791-9
Release Date: April 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Paranormal (Time Travel) Romance
Year/Setting: Present day and England, 1241
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Lynn's Website: www.lynnkurland.com


Montgomery de Piaget has been gifted a crumbling castle by his sire. He’s a knight with no wife, no children and he owns a castle with cousins who don’t want to leave and walls with more holes than a moth-eaten tunic. It will take a miracle or a healthy dose of magic to get the castle cleaned up. Too bad Montgomery believes in neither miracles nor magic.

Pippa Alexander is a costume designer in present day Seattle. When she is asked to come to England to provide costumes for a medieval party, she can’t say no. She heard there might be ghosts at the castle where she’s staying, but since she doesn’t believe in magic, she isn’t worried. Perhaps when her sister Cindi shows up trying to steal Pippa’s thunder, she should begin to worry. And when she finds herself pushed off the bridge into the moat, she comes up for air in 1241.

Now Pippa finds herself in the company of Montgomery de Piaget in his crumbling castle. She has no idea how she got there and less of a clue if she can ever get home again. As she gets to know Montgomery better, she’s not sure she even wants to go home. Can a 21st Century girl find her happily ever after in Medieval England?

Montgomery is forced to face questions from his past as he looks at the woman from the Future in front of him. He begins to piece together the ‘paranormal oddities’ that have found his family for years. He finds himself falling for Pippa, but her future is calling her back. How could he ever ask a woman to give up the future to live so far in the past? Besides, if he is to keep his own life intact—and Pippa’s, too—he needs to get her out of harms way. Someone doesn’t want him to have the castle…and until he figures out where everyone’s loyalty lies, he will never be safe.

I found this book to be a perfect blend of medieval intrigue and time travel romance. I was totally enthralled from the beginning to the end. Montgomery is more of a gentleman than most modern men. His truthfulness and kindness combined with sheer muscle and power makes him the best Alpha male I’ve seen in a while. Pippa is an intriguing blend of modern values and standards with a healthy dose of love for all things Medieval. She is caught in the crossfire of past and future and has a lot of hurdles to overcome in order to find out which present will be for her.

The supporting characters are well developed and provide a lot of interesting events and nuances to the story. While this is related to the other de Piaget stories, it stood alone and gave enough back story to keep the reader informed. I’m now scouring the library and bookstores to find other books in this line.

Robyn

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